DURHAM, N.H. - A goal by Kelly Stevens (Downington, Pa.) with just under 22 minutes to play lifted the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Binghamton Sunday afternoon at Upper Field. The win secured a berth in the America East Women's Soccer Championship for the Wildcats as they improved to 10-6-1 overall and 5-2-1 in America East. The Bearcats end their season at 9-7-2 and 3-4-1 in the league.
With the win, UNH grabbed the No. 2 seed in the America East Women's Soccer Championship and will face No. 3 Stony Brook on Friday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Hartford's Al-Marzook Field. Top seed and host Hartford will face No. 4 Northeastern in Friday's other semifinal.
The Wildcats faced Stony Brook on October 20 on the road and battled the Seawolves to a 0-0 tie.
Stevens broke open the scoreless tie at the 68:02 mark when she took a long midfield serve from Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.) on the right side of the box. Stevens fired a shot from 15 yards that snuck inside the right post to beat Binghamton keeper Lauren Cherry (4 saves).
Binghamton's best chance to tie came three minutes later. After the Bearcats' Tracy Kasmarcik fired a shot into the box, the ball came to BU's Deli Plourde. Plourde made an attempt that went off the back of a UNH defender and nearly crossed the goal line. The ball was scooped up by UNH keeper Kristen Ouellette (Weatogue, Conn.), who made six saves to pick up her fourth shutout of the season.
In the 60th minute, Plourde nearly got the guests on the board first, but her shot from the left corner of the box skirted just inches outside the far right post.
UNH had the best chance to score in a 0-0 first half. Lyndsey Smagula (Bedford, N.H.) fired a blast from just inside the 30-yard mark that bounced off the crossbar. Kristin Kearney (Sandown, N.H.) then made a followup attempt from 15 yards that was scooped up by Cherry.
Before the game, five seniors were honored as they played in their final home game, Ouellette, Angeline Alexakos (Bedford, N.H.), Stacey Horn (Kingston, Pa.), Courtney Papaz (Ringwood, N.J.) and Cyndi Poehner (Greenwich, Conn.).